So now that the dust has settled and everyone has their tickets, it’s time to get down to the next order of business: travel. Of course, there are many, many ways to get to your destination, but this handy guide is here to give you a bit of an edge with planning.
Mode of Transportation
First of all, you have to get to where you’re going. Most of us aren’t lucky enough to live in our concert city, but we can still get there using planes, trains, and automobiles.
The most common, and probably least stressful way, is to fly. Of course, flying comes with it’s own unique set of rules (aka TSA recommendations) but it is generally the most flexible way to travel. When flying, here are some tips to keep in mind:
- The earlier you book, the cheaper your flight. The closer it is to your trip date, the more you’ll have to pay to fly. It’s a simple case of the early bird catches the worm. Flight prices are constantly changing so it’s a smart idea to lock in the lowest rates. Right now, a Delta flight from ATL to Dallas runs about $200.
- Try to be as flexible as possible with your dates. It’s more expensive to fly on weekends. Early morning flights tend to be cheaper.
- Check out different airports. Big cities (like New York and LA) have multiple airports. A cheaper flight might go into an alternate airport that is still close to your destination.
- Nearby airports (to venue), by city
- LA-LAX, or LA-Ontario (ONT)
- Dallas-DFW, or Dallas-Love Field (DAL)
- Chicago-O’Hare (ORD), or Chicago Midway (MDW)
- New York-JFK, or LaGuardia (LGA), or Newark, NJ (EWR)
- Nearby airports (to venue), by city
- Check the airline’s policies. Some airlines charge baggage fees. Some allow only one carry-on versus two. Extra fees can eat into your overall travel budget so it’s an important factor to consider.
Don’t just rely on travel websites like Priceline or Kayak. These sites sometimes have fees. Verify and compare pricing with the airline’s website.
Not everyone can fly, but taking a bus is another great option. Like flights, the earlier you buy your bus ticket, the cheaper it’ll be, especially for discount and internet-only bus lines. One thing to consider with buses is that, you may not be able to reserve a seat. So, you must be at the terminal early or you will may not fit on the bus (and have to wait for the next bus, or be re-routed) or have great seats. Buses are a great option for groups.
Megabus goes all over the country, but it might take you a while to get there. If you’re lucky and book way-early, you’ll find a seat for $1 (yep!). If you’re headed to New York, Vamoose Bus, BoltBus and Tripper Bus can get you there, as well.
West Coasters can also use Bolt Bus. For Chicago, Greyhound can get you there, depending on your destination, for around $90 (I checked one way from my hometown in NW Florida to Chicago and the fare was $89).
Amtrak! Long train trips, seeing the country, sounds like a good idea. However, like plane tickets, trains can get pricey, especially for more than person. If you’re going to make an adventure out of this trip, this is the option to go with.
Renting a car seems like a no-brainer. However, renting a car can be expensive if you’re under 25. If you have a large group, this may not be an issue as everyone can chip in for the rental fee. Most airports will have rental cars available on site. Try Enterprise or Hertz. Zipcar may also be a good idea, as it may actually save you time and cut down on some of the hassles of regular rental cars.
Places to Stay
Once you get there, you have to have a place to stay, right?! Although, concert goers have been known to pitch a tent at the very front of the concert venue to be first to get it. PS: you didn’t hear it from us 😉
Hotels are everyone’s first idea. There are a couple ideas to keep in mind when choosing a hotel. For starters, you want to choose one in a central area. That means close to the venue, the airport (if traveling that way), and other places you plan to visit while on your trip.
However, be careful when staying near the airport. Some neighborhoods near the airport can be a little on the rough side – *cough* Los Angeles. Or, really, really far from downtown – Chicago. However, the venue in Chicago, Rosemont Theater is really close to O’Hare airport.
Anyways, make sure that you can get ready, near and easy local transportation like metro/subway and public buses from the hotel to the venue.
The Rosemont Theatre website has a list of hotels nearby. A quick Google search of “hotels near [insert venue name]” will bring a slew of options up. Be careful using travel sites, as they will sometimes charge fees for using their site. Always verify pricing with the hotel first.
Another option, if you’re so fortunate, is to stay with a friend/family member. Please note that I am not advocating staying at a stranger’s house. Be safe if you’re going to stay with a person you’ve met through a fan group. If you do plan on staying at someone’s house, don’t come empty handed. Gratitude goes a long way. A roll of toilet paper or $30 towards bill expenses, when staying with your close friend, goes even further. If they are friends of the family and much older than you, help with dishes or buy $30 dollars worth of groceries. By the way, your buddy will also appreciate you helping with dishes :-).
The cheapest option by far is a hostel.
Hostels provide budget-oriented, sociable accommodation where guests can rent a bed, usually a bunk bed, in a dormitory and share a bathroom, lounge and sometimes a kitchen. Rooms can be mixed or single-sex, although private rooms may also be available.
Hostel World is a great resource for finding a hostel in your area.
Traveling can be a big expense. Not only that, it requires lots of planning. Hopefully, this little guide gets you on track to making your BTS Summer grand! Follow SubKulture on SNS for more tour updates, and Like GoodMoMusic on Facebook for the rest of the countdown and more music news.
P.S. This week, BTS snagged their fourth win with “I Need U” and released the original, 19+ version of the MV. Congrats to both BTS and ARMYs.
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